Sometimes uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking, always fresh and real, singer/songwriter Kelsey Rottiers’ all-original music tackles concepts from Forgiveness to Sex Trafficking. Whether it’s the catchy “Red Wonder Boots,” the furious “Bear Hope,” or any of her dozens of other tracks, Kelsey Rottiers' songs fuse folk and indie substance with a pop simplicity that will linger in your mind like a brilliant sunset.
It’s been a busy summer! Kelsey Rottiers & the Rising Tide have had a wonderful time playing venues like Frederick Meijer Gardens- opening for Chris Isaak, Seven Steps Up- nationally acclaimed listening room, and lots of fun local events like the East Lansing Art Festival this summer! They're looking forward to their annual appearance(s) at Artprize in their hometown of Grand Rapids, MI in a few weeks! Be sure to check them out at St. Cecilia Music Center on Sept. 21st at 2:30pm, Rosa Park Circle on Sept. 24th at 5pm, and Women's City Club on Sept 29th at 5pm as well! Their entry is called, "The Medicine of a simple love" and their vote code is 54367!
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Kelsey Rottiers & the Rising Tide is an Indie-Folk-Pop Michigan based band with style reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson and Brandi Carlile and influences ranging from The Weepies to Ella Fitzgerald. Singer-songwriter, Kelsey Rottiers strives to bring freedom and hope to listeners with topics of really tall ex-boyfriends, forgiveness, and even the epidemic of sexual slavery. Joined by the musical genius of Sarah Main, and assorted other guests Kelsey brings an authentic experience wherever she goes.
Since 2009, Kelsey Rottiers has been touring for her self-titled album Kelsey Rottiers & the Rising Tide, (think Ingrid Michaelson meets Brandi Carlile) which included the popular track “Red Wonder Boots, among the top 500 songs in the 2010 Billboard Songwriting Contest, and “How to Love Me” which was featured in Showtime’s reality series The Real L Word in 2012.
In October 2012 she released a six-song EP, Bear Hope. The crowd funded EP is designed to raise awareness of a global crisis; sex trafficking. With her music as the battle cry, Kelsey is engaging fans in the conversation about these issues to not only raise awareness, but also raise support with fifty percent of the proceeds going to Women at Risk International, a Grand Rapids based organization rescuing women and children from trafficking everyday.
"One of my top releases of 2012. This folk-rock-pop-awesome record is full of power and poise. Kelsey's powerful vocals mixed with fantastical melody and great musicianship make this a don't-miss. And what's more amazing than half the album sales fighting slavery? Nothing. That's what.Favorite track: Bear Hope." - David Mantel, BETWEEN TIMES
* Full interview with David Mantel of Between Times here.
In August 2013, Kelsey and her keyboardist, Sarah Main, crowd funded another EP called Thinking Of You, a project of love songs inspired by Rottiers’ marriage of two years to James Pray, this time recording was live at Groovebox Studios in Detroit, MI in front of a studio audience. The album is scheduled to be released in November of 2013.
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Kelsey’s father will tell you that her career started in a tree: when she was a girl, she sang high in the branches where she thought no one could hear her. Thankfully, she climbed down, and she’s been sharing her original compositions with the rest of us ever since.
In 2009, after graduating from the Contemporary Music Center on Martha's Vineyard and earning her bachelor's in music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kelsey had eleven years of training under her belt and a lot of music in her notebooks. Joined by Derek Turcsanyi (guitarist and back-up singer), she formed her band, Kelsey Rottiers & the Rising Tide, and hit the road, playing coffeehouse shows and festivals around East and Central Michigan. (While Derek was the original “Rising Tide,” the Rising Tide has become more of a concept than a traditional band, and Kelsey performs under the name whether she’s solo or backed by a full roster of musicians.)
After EP releases in 2008 and 2010, Kelsey completed her first full-length album, the self-titled Kelsey Rottiers & the Rising Tide, in March 2011. Written on the themes of heartbreak, forgiveness, and really tall ex-boyfriends, the album struck chords with appreciative audiences across Michigan and beyond. “Red Wonder Boots,” one of Kelsey’s most popular tracks off this album, placed among the top 500 songs in the world in a 2010 Billboard Songwriting Contest.
In the summer of 2011, after her marriage to writer/editor James Pray, the newly-minted Kelsey Pray devoted herself to focusing full-time on her music (under the stage name of Kelsey Rottiers) and expanding her network of support with Jason Kotarski covering booking and Aaron McWilliams as her music broker. In August of 2012, with the help of Aaron, Kelsey's song, "How to Love Me" was placed in a Showtime TV show called, The Real L Word. Jason Kotarski and Kelsey worked together until Fall of 2012, Jason booking Kelsey at over 80 venues in the Midwest region. Now Kelsey and the band are self managed and booked. You can contact them at email@example.com.
In 2011 Kelsey started selling bracelets for The Red Thread Movement, which is a company that rescues young women and girls from the sex trafficking industry in India and Nepal. Kelsey loved the way that selling Red Thread’s $3 bracelets let her have a concrete impact on sex trafficking (since $2 of each bracelet goes to fund the safe house and $1 to the girl who made it), but she wanted to do more. This led her to write her first song on the subject of sex trafficking, “Bear Hope,” and eventually, to build a six-track EP around it. David Mantel of Between Times says "this folk-rock-pop-awesome record is full of power and poise." The Bear Hope EP was released on October 14th 2012, with half the proceeds from the EP sales to be donated to the Grand Rapids-based Women at Risk, International to help them rescue women and girls from sexual slavery around the world. Read more on the Bear Hope page.
Joining her on stage these days is Sarah Main (keyboard, and background vocals). Sarah started playing live shows with Kelsey in March 2012 leading up to the recording of her new EP, Bear Hope.
In August 2013, Kelsey and Sarah crowd funded another EP called Thinking Of You, a project of love songs inspired by Rottiers’ marriage of two years to James Pray, this time recording was live at Groovebox Studios in Detroit, MI in front of a studio audience. The album is scheduled to be released in Fall of 2013.
Kelsey Rottiers & the Rising Tide are currently booking shows in their home state of Michigan for the Fall, but are making plans for a house show/listening room tour come 2014! Keep checking the website for updates! " We think it's just a matter of time before Kelsey and her band are a household name. This girl has got it going on."- Run Amok Promotions
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"Kelsey has what Pop Music lacks. Her sweet tenderness wrapped around gutsy grit, with a bold, unobtrusive expression of faith makes her and her songwriting more than just original. "
- Kenneth Eby, Lighthouse Coffee Co.
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